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Airworthiness Directives; GA200 (Pty) Ltd Airplanes

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ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

We are revising an existing airworthiness directive (AD) for all GA200 (Pty) Ltd Models GA200 and GA200C airplanes. This AD results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by an aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as failure of the wing strut bolt through the main spar. We are issuing this AD to require actions to address the unsafe condition on these products.

DATES:

This AD is effective January 31, 2013.

The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain publication listed in the AD as of January 31, 2013.

The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference of a certain other publication listed in this AD as of September 14, 2012 (77 FR 55686, September 11, 2012).

ADDRESSES:

You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov or in person at the Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, Docket Operations, M-30, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590.

For service information identified in this AD, contact GippsAero, P.O. Box 881, Morwell, Victoria 3840, Australia, telephone: + 61 (0) 3 5172 1200; fax + 61 (0) 3 5172 1201; email: support@gippsaero.com; Internet: www.gippsaero.com. You may review copies of the referenced service information at the FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329-4148.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Doug Rudolph, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329-4059; fax: (816) 329-4090; email: doug.rudolph@faa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Discussion

We issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) to amend 14 CFR part 39 to include an AD that would apply to the specified products. That NPRM was published in the Federal Register on October 15, 2012 (77 FR 62466), and proposed to revise AD 2012-18-10, Amendment 39-17187 (77 FR 55686, September 11, 2012).

Since we issued AD 2012-18-10, Amendment 39-17187 (77 FR 55686, September 11, 2012), the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA), which is the aviation authority for the Commonwealth of Australia, has issued AD AD/GA200/1, Amendment 1, dated September 21, 2012 (referred to after this as “the MCAI”), to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products.

The NPRM proposed to correct an unsafe condition for the specified products. The MCAI states that:

As a result of a reported case of failure of a strut on a GA200C aircraft, GippsAero has issued a mandatory service bulletin to alert operators and maintenance organisations and to provide inspection and rectification actions.

This Airworthiness Directive makes this inspection and rectification action mandatory. Failure to complete the actions required by this service bulletin may result in wing strut bolt failure, resulting in wing structural failure.

Amendment 1 is issued to revise the repeat inspection compliance time to 500 hours (previously 100 hours). The requirement service bulletin is also revised to provide a corrective action if the inboard (upper) strut fitting hole is found to be larger than specified. The initial inspection compliance time of 10 hours remains unchanged.

This AD retains the actions required in AD 2012-18-10, Amendment 39-17187 (77 FR 55686, September 11, 2012), changes the compliance time for the repetitive inspections from intervals of 100 hours time-in-service (TIS) to intervals of 500 hours TIS, and incorporates the revised service bulletin that includes repair instructions in lieu of contacting the manufacturer. You may obtain further information by examining the MCAI in the AD docket.

Comments

We gave the public the opportunity to participate in developing this AD. We received no comments on the NPRM (77 FR 62466, October 15, 2012) or on the determination of the cost to the public.

Conclusion

We reviewed the relevant data and determined that air safety and the public interest require adopting the AD as proposed except for minor editorial changes. We have determined that these minor changes:

  • Are consistent with the intent that was proposed in the NPRM (77 FR 62466, October 15, 2012) for correcting the unsafe condition; and
  • Do not add any additional burden upon the public than was already proposed in the NPRM (77 FR 62466, October 15, 2012).

Costs of Compliance

We estimate that this AD will affect 3 products of U.S. registry. We also estimate that it will take about 2 work-hours per product to comply with the basic requirements of this AD. The average labor rate is $85 per work-hour.

Based on these figures, we estimate the cost of this AD on U.S. operators to be $510, or $170 per product.

In addition, we estimate that any necessary follow-on actions will take about 2 work-hours and require parts costing $400, for a cost of $570 per product. We have no way of determining the number of products that may need these actions.

Authority for This Rulemaking

Title 49 of the United States Code specifies the FAA's authority to issue rules on aviation safety. Subtitle I, section 106, describes the authority of the FAA Administrator. “Subtitle VII: Aviation Programs,” describes in more detail the scope of the Agency's authority.

We are issuing this rulemaking under the authority described in “Subtitle VII, Part A, Subpart III, Section 44701: General requirements.” Under that section, Congress charges the FAA with promoting safe flight of civil aircraft in air commerce by prescribing regulations for practices, methods, and procedures the Administrator finds necessary for safety in air commerce. This regulation is within the scope of that authority because it addresses an unsafe condition that is likely to exist or develop on products identified in this rulemaking action.

Regulatory Findings

We determined that this AD will not have federalism implications under Executive Order 13132. This AD will not have a substantial direct effect on the States, on the relationship between the national government and the States, or on the distribution of power and responsibilities among the various levels of government.

For the reasons discussed above, I certify this AD:

(1) Is not a “significant regulatory action” under Executive Order 12866,

(2) Is not a “significant rule” under the DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034, February 26, 1979),

(3) Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska, and

(4) Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.

Examining the AD Docket

You may examine the AD docket on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov; or in person at the Docket Management Facility between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The AD docket contains the NPRM (77 FR 62466, October 15, 2012), the regulatory evaluation, any comments received, and other information. The street address for the Docket Office (telephone (800) 647-5527) is in the ADDRESSES section. Comments will be available in the AD docket shortly after receipt.

List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39

Adoption of the Amendment

Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA amends 14 CFR part 39 as follows:

PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES

1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows:

Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701.

[Amended]

2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by removing Amendment 39-17187 (

2012-18-10 R1 GA200 (Pty) Ltd: Amendment 39-17294; Docket No. FAA-2012-0946; Directorate Identifier 2012-CE-037-AD.

(a) Effective Date

This airworthiness directive (AD) becomes effective January 31, 2013.

(b) Affected ADs

This AD revises AD 2012-18-10, Amendment 39-17187 (77 FR 55686, September 11, 2012).

(c) Applicability

This AD applies to GA200 (Pty) Ltd Models GA200 and GA200C airplanes, all serial numbers, certificated in any category.

(d) Subject

Air Transport Association of America (ATA) Code 57: Wings.

(e) Reason

This AD was prompted by mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by the aviation authority of another country to identify and correct an unsafe condition on an aviation product. The MCAI describes the unsafe condition as failure of the wing strut bolt through the main spar. We are issuing this AD to prevent failure of the wing strut bolt, which could result in wing failure.

(f) Actions and Compliance

Unless already done, do the following actions.

(1) Within 10 hours time-in-service (TIS) after September 14, 2012 (the effective date retained from AD 2012-18-10, Amendment 39-17187 (77 FR 55686, September 11, 2012)), inspect the inboard strut fitting following GippsAero Mandatory Service Bulletin SB-GA200-2012-08, Issue 1, dated August 22, 2012 (which is incorporated by reference in AD 2012-18-10); or GippsAero Mandatory Service Bulletin SB-GA200-2012-08, Issue 2, dated September 4, 2012. Repetitively thereafter inspect at intervals not to exceed 500 hours TIS following GippsAero Mandatory Service Bulletin SB-GA200-2012-08, Issue 2, dated September 4, 2012. The inspection procedures remain the same; however, the revised service bulletin provides repair instructions in lieu of contacting the manufacturer.

(2) If the 100-hour TIS repetitive inspection previously required in AD 2012-18-10, Amendment 39-17187 (77 FR 55686, September 11, 2012) has already been done before January 31, 2013 (the effective date of this AD) following GippsAero Mandatory Service Bulletin SB-GA200-2012-08, Issue 1, dated August 22, 2012 (which is incorporated by reference in AD 2012-18-10), the next required inspections are due at intervals not to exceed 500 hours TIS after the last inspection following GippsAero Mandatory Service Bulletin SB-GA200-2012-08, Issue 2, dated September 4, 2012.

(3) If any discrepancies are found during any of the inspections required by paragraphs (f)(1) and (f)(2) of this AD, before further flight after the inspection in which the discrepancy is found, take all necessary corrective actions following GippsAero Mandatory Service Bulletin SB-GA200-2012-08, Issue 1, dated August 22, 2012 (which is incorporated by reference in AD 2012-18-10); or GippsAero Mandatory Service Bulletin SB-GA200-2012-08, Issue 2, dated September 4, 2012.

(g) Other FAA AD Provisions

The following provisions also apply to this AD:

(1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, Standards Office, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. Send information to ATTN: Doug Rudolph, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329-4059; fax: (816) 329-4090; email: doug.rudolph@faa.gov. Before using any approved AMOC on any airplane to which the AMOC applies, notify your appropriate principal inspector (PI) in the FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO), or lacking a PI, your local FSDO.

(2) Airworthy Product: For any requirement in this AD to obtain corrective actions from a manufacturer or other source, use these actions if they are FAA-approved. Corrective actions are considered FAA-approved if they are approved by the State of Design Authority (or their delegated agent). You are required to assure the product is airworthy before it is returned to service.

(3) Reporting Requirements: For any reporting requirement in this AD, a federal agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, nor shall a person be subject to a penalty for failure to comply with a collection of information subject to the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act unless that collection of information displays a current valid OMB Control Number. The OMB Control Number for this information collection is 2120-0056. Public reporting for this collection of information is estimated to be approximately 5 minutes per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, completing and reviewing the collection of information. All responses to this collection of information are mandatory. Comments concerning the accuracy of this burden and suggestions for reducing the burden should be directed to the FAA at: 800 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC 20591, Attn: Information Collection Clearance Officer, AES-200.

(h) Related Information

Refer to MCAI Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) AD AD/GA200/1, Amendment 1, dated September 21, 2012; GippsAero Mandatory Service Bulletin SB-GA200-2012-08, Issue 1, dated August 22, 2012; and GippsAero Mandatory Service Bulletin SB-GA200-2012-08, Issue 2, dated September 4, 2012, for related information.

(i) Material Incorporated by Reference

(1) The Director of the Federal Register approved the incorporation by reference (IBR) of the service information listed in this paragraph under 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR part 51.

(2) You must use this service information as applicable to do the actions required by this AD, unless the AD specifies otherwise.

(3) The following service information was approved for IBR on January 31, 2013.

(i) GippsAero Mandatory Service Bulletin SB-GA200-2012-08, Issue 2, dated September 4, 2012.

(ii) Reserved.

(4) The following service information was approved for IBR on September 14, 2012 (77 FR 55686, September 11, 2012).

(i) GippsAero Mandatory Service Bulletin SB-GA200-2012-08, Issue 1, dated August 22, 2012.

(ii) Reserved.

(5) For GippsAero service information identified in this AD, contact GippsAero, P.O. Box 881, Morwell, Victoria 3840, Australia, telephone: + 61 (0) 3 5172 1200; fax + 61 (0) 3 5172 1201; email: support@gippsaero.com; Internet: www.gippsaero.com.

(6) You may view this service information at FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Kansas City, Missouri 64106. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call (816) 329-4148.

(7) You may view this service information that is incorporated by reference at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). For information on the availability of this material at NARA, call 202-741-6030, or go to: http://www.archives.gov/federal-register/cfr/index.html.

Issued in Kansas City, Missouri, on December 12, 2012.

Earl Lawrence,

Manager, Small Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service.

[FR Doc. 2012-30627 Filed 12-26-12; 8:45 am]

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